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New Goal Race

I just registered today for my next race... it's a 10k.  I'm pretty excited.  I've been planning on running in it for several months now, but it doesn't seem like the commitment is real until the entry fees have been paid.

On another note... my Achilles Tendon injury seems to have improved dramatically.  I am feeling no pain at all.  The R.I.C.E. did its job and I did some foam rolling yesterday.  Going to go for a run this evening... wish me luck!

Injury... I think

I think I may have injured my Achilles Tendon... it started as I was leaving work on Saturday afternoon, I felt a pain in the back of my leg directly above my heel/ankle.  I went home, took some Advil and rested it.  I went out for a easy 3 miler plus strides that evening and it felt fine, a little stiff, but ok.

Sunday I could feel the spot that hurt when I flexed my foot, like it was stiff, but other than that it felt fine while walking.  That night was my LSD run... a 7 miler.  As I went out for the run, I felt great... 4 miles in it really started talking to me.  I tried focusing in on my form to see if the pain would go away... it really didn't, the intensity let up, but the pain was still there.  I'm really hoping this was from stretching myself too thin last week and cramming the full weeks worth of training into 4 days straight with no rest days.

I don't want to be down for the count or sidelined for weeks or months with an injury, so this week I'm going to take …

Mileage increase!!

It happened again... my long run mileage increased this week.  I'm up to 7 miles.  During my long run I felt almost euphoric! No aches and pains and it just felt great! Time for a little celebration dance.


I have become a Runkeeper GO! user.  I upgraded my free account to the paid version when they offered it at half price after the recent rebranding of the app. 

I have to say, I really like this app.  I have used 2 of the training plans on it.  I trained for my most recent 5k with the Beginner 5k plan, and am currently using the Sub 65 Minute 10k plan for my next race. In the past, I have always self-trained, and have never included speed work or interval training because it seemed to require going to a track or figuring out how to use the modes on my watch. With Runkeeper, it is a breeze... I get an audio cue in my headphone that tells me when to do what, and I love it! 

While I haven't used many of the benefits that come with the upgrade, I have dabbled with the with the reports.  Aside from the reports, upgrading affords the following benefits:

Live Track - allows others so see where you are in real-time (you control who can see).
Premium training plans.
Prescribed workouts - sche…

Life of leisure

I had 5 solid days off work... and it was blissful! I enjoyed being able to get my runs in during the morning hours before the heat of the day crept up. It sure made a difference! I am not a morning person, but these am runs made me remember why I suffered getting up at the *ss crack of dawn for so many years to run.

My birthday was Friday, so I made sure to schedule a run that morning (you should do things that make you happy on your special day).  It was speed work and Sorcha, one of my 4 footed running partners explored a new trail that had recently reopened.  It was AWESOME.  I ended up missing my Saturday run recovering from too much celebrations the night before, but I was ok with that.

My LSD run was on Sunday and it was so nice getting that knocked out while it was still cool, instead of when it was just beginning to cool off from 90+.

Yesterday, Sorcha and I went back on the new trail, it is a nice nature trail deep in the forested area of the woodlands, then runs along a golf c…

Well, it happened...

Yup... I had two awful things happen yesterday. It was bound to happen, but on the same day!!?!

I got the "you don't look like a runner" comment from one of my co-workers. Yup, it irritated the heck out of me. Ok... so I'm not exactly long and lean, I'm vertically challenged! But, I do have 2 legs and they work... so why don't I look like a runner?  Tried to stay off the body shaming boat all day.

I had a really bad run. Well... I felt fine during my run, but I was really SLOW! Temps were 10+ degrees cooler than normal and I felt fine.  During my run I tried not to beat myself up for 12+ minute mile pace and tried to not over analyze it when I got home. 

Everyone has an off day... right?